Dr. Rebekah Spainhour was born and raised in Derby, Kansas. For as long as she can remember, Dr. Spainhour has always had a love for all animals, and a unique passion for science and medicine. As a child, she knew that her calling was to help others and had career goals of entering into the healthcare setting.
Dr. Spainhour attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. She played NCAA Division II volleyball, and originally majored in chemistry in hopes of becoming a pharmacist. During her undergraduate studies, she realized that her love for animals, science, and medicine could all join forces into one great career, and switched gears towards veterinary medicine. After this switch was made, Dr. Spainhour worked extremely hard to gain the experience needed to help animals and become accepted into veterinary school.
Dr. Spainhour graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While in school, she conducted research to create a diagnostic assay for Cytauxzoonosis, a tick-borne disease affecting feline species. This research was eventually published in the MDPI Pathogens Journal. In addition, Dr. Rebekah Spainhour was a dual-degree major, where she studied for a Master’s degree in Public Health.
During veterinary school, Dr. Spainhour experienced hardship that would change her life both personally and professionally, forever. Dr. Spainhour received news that she was suffering from congenital heart disease, and ultimately would need to undergo urgent open-heart surgery to correct these issues. That experience solidified her passion in the importance of compassionate patient care and client communication, and has strengthened her ability to have empathy and positivity for any scenario life throws her way.
Dr. Spainhour’s veterinary interests include preventative medicine, cardiology, soft tissue surgery, and client education. In her free time, Dr. Spainhour enjoys anything involving the outdoors, great food, and spending time with her Mastiff-Vizsla mix, Ava.